It's a tips and tricks day! Today I'm sharing some of my favorite beauty hacks to make the most out of the products you carry in your makeup bag. When it comes to the cosmetics business, brands like you to think that you need a different product for every element of your daily makeup routine. The truth is that many products can serve a variety of purposes. Knowing what to do with what you (probably) already own can help you pare down a too-large makeup bag, or just get more out of the products you're currently using. There are literally THOUSANDS of these multi-tasking products on the market today, so I've narrowed it down to a few items I believe most women carry in their personal makeup kits (or that are easily accessible) and I can't live without.
- Cotton Buds (aka Q-Tips): They're not just for cleaning your ears, folks. Use a cotton bud to blend eye shadow edges, remove an errant mascara smudge, or my personal favorite, exfoliate your lips, pre-lipstick. To do this, grab your favorite lip balm (find my favorite here), roll one end in the balm and slather product all over the lips. Then using the dry end, roll the cotton bud across the upper and lower lip removing excess balm and gently exfoliating any dry skin. For me this technique works better than any lip scrub I've tried, leaving the lips hydrated and smooth without adding any roughness. Try it. You'll thank me later ;)
- Translucent Powder: I prefer the loose variety as opposed to pressed options. (my favorite option here) You probably are already using your powder to set your makeup but did you know you can also use it to get smudge proof liquid eyeliner, give your satin lipsticks a matte finish, or as dry shampoo when you're in a pinch? Using a fluffy eye shadow brush, pick up a small amount of setting powder and press it over freshly applied liquid liner. It will stop the liner from smudging to the upper lid or melting later in the day. For use over satin or "shiny" finish lipstick, take a tissue and place it over a puff or brush saturated in loose powder. Softly pat tissue covered puff/brush over your pre-applied lipstick. Voila, it's matte and will wear much longer. As dry shampoo (if you have dark hair, opt for a powder with a tint like this one) using a large powder brush, pick up a good amount of loose powder, lift a panel of hair and dab powder on at the roots. Use your fingers to blend powder into the scalp. It will absorb excess oil and restore volume.
- Eyeshadow Primer: (my favorite here) If you don't already have one of these in your makeup bag, get one! Talk about game changing when it comes to preventing the dreaded eye shadow crease. What most brands don't tell you is that you can also use it before brow products or prior to lipstick application. If your drawn-on brows spontaneously disappears before noon, use a TINY dab of eyeshadow primer on your finger and run it against the hair in the opposite direction of your natural growth (from outer brow to inner brow). This allows the product to get deeper into your brows and lay on the skin rather than sitting on the actual hairs. Less is more with this trick. Then apply your brow products as you normally would. The lipstick trick is just as simple. You can apply a small amount of eyeshadow primer over the entire lip before applying lip liner or lipstick. I usually just put the primer around the edges of the lip line to prevent feathering. This is really helpful when using a dark color on your lips.
- Blush: You know it gives life to washed out cheeks, but did you also know you can use it as eyeshadow or even lip gloss?? Try your favorite blush color in the crease of your eyelid to tie a mono-chromatic look together (you can also try this with bronzer). Use your finger to dab a bit of your blush over the top of lipstick to give another texture dimension. Mix a bit of lip balm with a small amount of blush to create a tinted gloss. There are so many options available to you! And if you're currently shopping for a new blush, I'd suggest this one or this one. They're made to be used in the various ways listed above.
- Moisturizer/Face Lotion: It is so important to use a moisturizer on a daily basis to keep your skin well hydrated, but these products can be used in a variety of other ways. The next time your winged eyeliner goes awry or your red lipstick gets a mind of it's own , dip a cotton bud in your favorite moisturizer to quickly remove these little mistakes. The oils and emollients commonly found in moisturizing creams will help break down the pigments and quickly wipe them away. Is your hair having fly-away issues? Rub a tiny amount of moisturizer between two fingers and lightly press the frizzy hairs down. Be careful not to use too much product on this one, you could wind up with a greasy looking scalp. (a favorite daily moisturizer of mine, found here)
I hope these little tips and tricks will be useful to you and help you to make the most out of your makeup bag! If you have any other essential beauty hacks or multi-tasking favorites, leave me a comment below! I'd love to heat from you.
SIDENOTE: this post is entirely un-sponsored. Any suggested products have been purchased and tested by me. Work with your favorite beauty supplier to find the perfect textures and colors for your unique skin!